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2014 City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Course – open for booking!

New dates for the next C&G Pattern Cutting course are now available for booking.  Full details here.

New Sunday Workshop Dates for 2014

Hooray, my programme of Sunday workshops for the first half of 2014 is now open for booking!  There are some regular favourites and some exciting new workshops to tempt you.  Please check your diaries to ensure you can make the date before booking a workshop and ensure you read the classes – important info section of my website which gives important details about cancellations.

You can read what previous students have thought of my workshops here.

Sunday 26th January – How to use your Sewing Machine for Dressmaking

Got a sewing machine for Christmas and no idea how to use it?!  Bring it along to this workshop.  The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 3pm
  • £35

Sunday 9th February – **NEW WORKSHOP** Easy Appliqué

An introduction to the addictive technique of appliqué.  Use leftover scraps of fabrics to decorate garments, bags, home furnishings or even art for your walls!  This technique can be used for traditional designs or more modern ideas including collaging and bold stencil shapes.  Bring along something you’d like to put the appliqué onto (finished item or piece of fabric – note, this technique isn’t suited to fabrics like velvet and cord) and some scraps of other fabrics.  Suitable for complete beginners, some machine and/or hand sewing is optional.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 3pm
  • £40 including some materials

applique workshop brightonHere are some examples of what’s possible at this new workshop….

Sunday 23rd February – Make an A-line Skirt

Want to learn to sew? Fancy a new skirt? Want to make a present for a friend?
 Come to this one day intensive workshop and learn some sewing basics whilst making an A-line skirt. This workshop will teach you the basics of reading a pattern (pattern provided, no need to buy one!) and using a sewing machine.
 Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.


  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £45

See what previous students have made at this workshop here and here.

Sunday 9th March – **NEW WORKSHOP** Fabric Printing using Stencils

Want an easy way to customise your garments without the cost and mess of screenprinting?  Come and have a go at fabric printing and painting using freezer paper.  You’ll get neat professional looking results with the minimum of fuss.  Templates and stencils will be available to use or you can have a go at designing your own.  Just bring along a garment you’d like to customise.  All fabrics need to be washable and without surface texture ie. velvet or cord.  Suitable for complete beginners – no sewing involved!

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 3pm
  • £40 including materials

stencil printing workshop brightonHere are some examples of what’s possible at this new workshop….

Sunday 30th March – Sewing with Stretch Knits

Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.  You need to know how to use a sewing machine to do this workshop and it’s best if you’ve done a bit of sewing.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £45

See what previous students have made at this workshop here, here and here!

Sunday 13th April – Beginner’s Pattern Cutting

Not sure if pattern cutting is for you?  Try this one day intensive workshop, suitable for beginners.

At this workshop you will draft a skirt block and pattern and make a skirt toile (sample) to your own measurements.  I’ll also show you how to make the skirt block into a pencil skirt and a-line skirt.  This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine. 

  • Class size limited to 4 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £40

See what previous students have made at this workshop here and here.

Sunday 27th April – **NEW WORKSHOP** Make your own Leggings

Leggings, they’ve become a staple of all our wardrobes and they’re very easy to make.  Come and make yourself a pair at this workshop, all you need to bring is some fabric, patterns are provided, no need to buy one!  You’ll be able to make them the length you want, I’ll show you a few different ways to finish the waist and a few other ways to make them your own.  Please note, patterns available in sizes from approx. UK size 8 to 18.  You need to know how to use a sewing machine to do this workshop and it’s best if you’ve done a bit of sewing.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £40

Sunday 11th May – Pattern Cutting for Dresses 1 – The Basics

Tired of buying dresses that don’t fit properly?  In the first part of this intensive workshop you will draft the perfectly fitting dress block.  We’ll make a toile (sample) of your dress block then go on to look at sleeveless adaptations and fitting problems common in dresses.  There is the option to attend a second workshop to draft a sleeve for your dress and start adapting the style of the dress – see “Pattern Cutting for Dresses 2 – Sleeves and Style Adaptations”.   This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.  It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting or dressmaking.

  • Class size limited to 4 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £50

See what previous students have made at this workshop here.

Sunday 25th May– Pattern Cutting for Trousers

Tired of buying trousers that don’t fit properly? Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting and draft the perfectly fitting trouser block. By the end of the day you will have drafted a basic trouser block and pattern and made a toile (sample). You will get the most out of this workshop if you have previously made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.
This workshop is suitable for those new to pattern cutting & those who have done a bit of pattern cutting.

  • Class size limited to 4 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £45

Sunday 8th June – **NEW WORKSHOP** Make your own Leggings

Leggings, they’ve become a staple of all our wardrobes and they’re very easy to make.  Come and make yourself some at this workshop, all you need to bring is some fabric, patterns are provided, no need to buy one!  You’ll be able to make them the length you want, I’ll show you a few different ways to finish the waist and a few other ways to make them your own.  Please note, patterns available in sizes from approx. UK size 8 to 18.  You need to know how to use a sewing machine to do this workshop and it’s best if you’ve done a bit of sewing.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £40

Sunday 15th June – Pattern Cutting for Dresses 2 – Sleeves and Style Adaptations

Aimed at students who have previously drafted a basic dress block either elsewhere or with me.  We will be drafting a sleeve for the dress and I’ll show you the best way to set in a sleeve, we’ll look at the basics of dart manipulation and some basic style adaptations including: princess line, collars and some sleeve adaptations.  You will need to bring your original dress block with you in order to draft the sleeve! This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.  It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting or dressmaking.

  • Class size limited to 4 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £45

 Sunday 29th June – Summer Frock Making

Fancy making a unique summer dress to take on holiday or just to waft around town?!  Come along to this workshop where I’ll have a choice of dress patterns for you to use to whip up a new frock by the end of the day.  Specific sewing techniques covered will include pockets, zips and facings.  Just bring your fabric and matching thread.  Please note, patterns available in sizes from approx. UK size 8 to 18.  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10am to 5pm
  • £55

See what previous students have made at this workshop here, here and here!

To book any of these workshops or if you have any questions, please ring Wendy on 01273 693451 or email miyworkshop[at]gmail.com

Sew Magazine’s British Sewing Awards – I’ve been Nominated!!!

I was (to put it mildly) dead chuffed the other week to find out that I’ve been nominated in Sew Magazine’s British Sewing Awards under the category “Best for Sewing Workshops / Courses”!

The nominations process has been ongoing since September and those receiving the most nominations have now been shortlisted for the voting process.  I am soooo flattered that so many people nominated me, a huge thank you from me to all of you that took the time.

Voting is now open via postal votes and online until February 14th next year.

The process is very easy online, here’s a direct link: http://www.sewmag.co.uk/awards/

British Sewing Awards

Or, if you buy the current issue of the magazine there’s a form to complete and send in the post:

British Sewing Awards

Good luck to everyone who has been nominated, especially Ditto Fabrics in Brighton……!

The First City and Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School

Last week was a VERY full-on week.  It was the first City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School and I worked my four students extremely hard.  They only had half hour lunch breaks and were sent off with homework each night.  I even started to feel a tad guilty about it, especially as the weather was so nice.  No need to feel guilty though, look what fantastic work they produced…..

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In just 5 days these students, all of whom were new to pattern cutting, achieved this:

  • drafted their own skirt and trouser blocks and made toiles (samples) to check the fit
  • wrote a design brief and designed a range of skirts or trousers
  • chose a design to then make a pattern for
  • made a toile for their own design.

Not to mention undertaking historical, cultural and current design research.

So even though the garments they’re all wearing are only toiles, they all turned out pretty good ones that fit really well.

From left to right, Clare made a pencil skirt with asymmetric pleated detail over one hip.  Clare runs her own sewing classes in Hampshire and decided it was time to venture into pattern cutting.

Sandeep made some lovely pleated waist, tapered leg trousers with turn-ups and a shaped waistband and pockets both with a small cutout detail.  I wish I’d also taken a photograph of the back of the trousers as the back of the waistband was also shaped down into a V which fitted perfectly.  Sandeep set herself a big challenge with these trousers, but made a fantastic job of them as her attention to detail is obvious.  She currently makes beautiful bespoke neck and bow ties.  Check her blog too for some extremely tasteful bunting.  Quite a rarity in the bunting-filled times in which we live!

Sally made a very wearable a-line skirt with a deep shaped yoke, an inverted pleat in the centre front and shaped pockets and seemed very pleased with the result!  I’m happy to say she has immediate plans to make more of them.  Sally teaches textiles and also makes gorgeous embroidered, appliquéd and quilted textile pieces of which you can see more and find out more about what she does on her blog.

And last, but certainly not least, Santa came all the way from Hong Kong for the course!  She’s spending a very creative few weeks in the UK taking courses and attending conferences.  As we speak she will now be in Oxford immersed in the world of corset-making!  Santa came up with a really feminine design for her skirt involving tucks, drapes and gathers and like Sandeep, set herself quite a challenge, but again, achieved an excellent end result.  She was working with two very different fabrics in order to achieve the effect she wanted and I think the result is stunning and flatters her shape perfectly.

By the end of the week we’d resorted to this to fuel the final push………!!

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But it was worth it!  Well done to the four of them and thank you for being such great company all week.

I might be running this C&G course again as an intensive week-long course in the autumn, but dates are yet to be confirmed.  If you would be interested email me at the address below to be the first to know of any new dates:

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I also run one-day pattern cutting workshops.  You can find out more details here.

Dress Pattern Cutting Workshop

On Sunday I had a lovely bunch of students for my Pattern Cutting for Dresses workshop.  I worked them extremely hard and they all made a perfectly fitting dress toile.  They went off able to make a sleeve, manipulate the darts and make a sleeveless version of the dress.  Unusually I didn’t have my camera, but the students did leave me with some great feedback:

“A busy day, which flew by.  An amazing class for someone who wants to make clothes that actually fit properly.  Wendy explained everything clearly and patiently and gave individual attention over points that needed clarification.  Very highly recommended!”  Barbara

“Really enjoyed it, learnt far more than I thought I would, very friendly and open to all questions – never felt stupid!”  Sophie

“Had a wonderful instructive day and learnt so much.  I now have a dress toile that fits me!”  Jackie

“Really great class.  Learnt so much and left with lots we can make.  Wendy was very patient and explained everything very well.  Will be coming back again ASAP!”  Sylvie

The next date for this workshop in October is already fully booked, but I will be doing more pattern cutting courses and one day workshops later this year and early next year.  If you’d like to be able to book onto a class before it’s advertised you can be included on my student mailing list, just email me at:

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Wendy Ward “Sewing guru” (!)

Here I am; the expert and “sewing guru” on page 29 of the August issue of Sew magazine which is on sale now.

sewmag-patterncutting-aug13-webThe feature is all about pattern cutting – what blocks are used for and why it’s important to make toiles and includes instructions for drafting basic bodice and skirt blocks.

If you fancy having a go at designing your own patterns and drafting the perfectly fitting garment, there is just one space left on my City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School (more details here) and I have a few pattern cutting one-day workshops coming up in the autumn (more details here).

City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Courses at MIY Workshop

Now available for booking (scroll down for full details):

C&G Fashion 7160 (02) Level 2 Award

Pattern Cutting for Skirts & Trousers

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WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Anyone who has used dressmaking patterns and is interested in designing their own clothes.  You will get the most out of the course if you can do the following:

  • use a sewing machine
  • read a dressmaking pattern
  •  basic arithmetic with or without a calculator.

THERE WILL ONLY BE A MAXIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS PER COURSE MEANING PLENTY OF 1-2-1 HELP FROM THE TUTOR.

WHAT IS COVERED ON THE COURSE:

Your final assessment will be based on a folio of your work, there is no written exam.  The course will cover the following:

  • drafting a basic skirt and trouser block
  • making a toile (sample garment) for the 2 blocks
  • making fit adjustments to toiles
  • looking at the historical, cultural and contemporary design of skirts and trousers
  • producing your own design for a skirt or trousers
  • making a pattern for your own design
  • making a toile for your own design.

WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO BY THE END OF THE COURSE?

  • adjust patterns to get a better fit
  • use research to produce your own designs
  • use templates to draw up your own design ideas
  • understand the basics of pattern cutting and basic style adaptations
  • take accurate body measurements
  • understand how to choose the best fabric for your designs
  • plan the making of a garment and understand the costs involved.

WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME GET A JOB IN FASHION?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career within the fashion industry or setting up your own business, a City & Guilds course is a nationally recognised qualification focussed on the practical skills needed in that industry.   This qualification is endorsed by Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for creative industries)

Following a structured, nationally recognised course will demonstrate your interest and commitment to potential employers.

COURSE DATES:

35 hours of teaching with a choice of daytime OR weekend:

10 Tuesdays 10am – 1.30pm:

Feb 5th, 12th, 26th / March 12th, 19th, 26th / April 16th, 23rd, 30th / May 7th

6 Saturdays 10am – 4pm:

Feb 2nd & 16th / March 2nd / April 20th / May 4th & 11th

COST:

£300 course fee

plus

£35 C&G registration fee.

Workshops now booking for 2013

My programme of Sunday workshops from January to June 2013 is now booking!

Have a look at what’s happening here, there’s more dates for my most popular workshops and a couple of new ones, hopefully something for everyone!  Remember, if you see something that you think a creative friend might fancy, gift vouchers are also available.

To book a place at any of these workshops get in touch with Wendy by email on post[at]wendyward.co.uk or call 01273 775951 or 693451.